Foul anchor

the anchor when it hooks, or is entangled with, another anchor, or with a cable or wreck, or when the slack cable entangled.
(Naut.) See under Anchor.

See also: Anchor, Foul

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Navy Department Circular #79, dated June 12, 1897, described the new CPO cap device as, "The 'device for chief petty officers' caps (except bandmaster) shall be the letters U.S.N., in silver, upon a gilt foul anchor."
Also under an 1869 order, all commissioned officers, except chaplains, professors of mathematics and naval constructors were directed to wear the same cap device, a silver spread eagle standing on a gold embroidered foul anchor. Thus, the Pay Corps device disappeared forever from the cap.